Is there Life after death? There is a paradox.

That is the question that this businessman is hoping to answer through a contest. Those in the Brahma Kumaris know the answer through their “knowledge,” although that “knowledge” may not be practical in their lives. In other words, fear will be there. Even though they know the “answer.”

For me, the cycle of time is the single most important piece of “knowledge” that I got out of the BK experience. It wasn’t just the theoretical knowledge, the dogma to recite; but I had a practical experience and many other incidents in my life which proved to me the validity of it.

Nonetheless, my experience by no means is the “truth.” I cannot be validated objectively, even if there are experiments through science. Although our world gives plenty of trust to scientific evidence, it is my understanding now, that biases and deep rooted beliefs are also lingering in the mind of many scientists. For instance, if we become acquainted with the experiments of neuroscientist Benjamin Libet, we could observe in his findings that what is known as “free will” may not be. The thought of that implication made many scientists uncomfortable and decided to come up with reasons as to why that experiment wasn’t reliable. After all “free will” must survive, for it is obvious we have, correct?

Scientists and philosophers made things more complex by not agreeing with a “definition” of what “free will” is, although everyone else may know what that is but just cannot put it in words. There are many kinds, according to their thoughts. Researchers came up with the term “Free won’t” as the alternative to “free will.” Basically, if actions are initiated before being conscious of it, we still have the chance to stop performing those when aware. That is to use of our “volition.”

However, that volition requires careful observation and awareness. Many times, that “free won’t” is another name for conditioning kicking in. “Free won’t” is the “cure” used systematically in our society: “I felt like doing that action, but I stopped it,” and then we give a learned reason. We perceive this as something positive. The other side of such “cure,” is the control beyond our true impulses which lead us into repression. Nevertheless, not everyone has the “free won’t” program fully installed as we wish, so they can make “sane decisions,” and not every action will give us the chance to allow for that program to kick in within hundreds of a second of an unconscious drive.

As we can see, all these reasons make up more words and lenghty papers, to debate about.

Our society will need to be free of such biases to have a different understanding. There is a need to challenge every belief. The cycle of time is being explored as an alternative of the well known “big-bang” linear belief of time.

The cycle of time is a circle, with no beginning or end. That is hard to imagine in our conditioned society where there must be a beginning. Moreover, the cycle of time will show us that “time” may be another constant illusion but with practical value in our society. Constant change in Life, means constant newness. There is no true referential static point, but yet our minds allow us to do so. That means, that there is no “I” as a reference, but yet we use that reference all the time. This paradox is another constant in our duality perceived Universe: Time exists, but doesn’t. “I” exist but do not. “Free will exists” but it doesn’t.

Therefore, the cycle of time leads into predestination or determinism through cause and effect, which in turn recycles into the “Eternal Return” for every thing changes but it comes back to be the same, again. Yet another paradox. We cannot bathe in the same river twice, but we will. Another paradox.

Finally, we live in the outer shell of cyclical time and determinism but in the inner shell of linear time and free will. The inside is the outside and vice versa.

The greatest paradox could be that there is no death, but yet “we” die.